Congratulations to the 2016 winners of the Young Authors Competition. We had a record number of submissions from all over the world, and are thrilled to recognize these rising talents. Read some of the selections below!


Poetry finalists:

(First place) Jessica Li, “Wood”

(Second place) Kateri David, “Song for Drowned Streets”

(Third place) Devanshi Khetarpal, “Lullaby”

Michelle Chen, “November”

Helli Fang, “Ars Poetica”

Kara Jackson, “Blood”

Lizzy Lemieux, “Matryoshka”

Ruohan Miao, “Maps”

Erin O’Malley, “Reflections of Selves”

Kendall Allen, “Stutter”


Fiction finalists:

(First place) Lily Zhou, “Beijing, Beijing”

(Second place) Marwah Shuaib, “Desert Girl”

(Third place) Madison Dorsey, “The Art of Gardening”

Amaris Anderson, “Losing Jane,”

Wyatt Goeks, “The Drake Equation”

Allison Neggers, “A Penny for Your Dreams”

Claudia Patterson, “Lips Like Tangerine”

Jessica Li, “Waitlisted”

Meghana Mysore, “Sketches and Skeletons”

Devon Wood-Thomas, “Renaissance of the Rivers”


Nonfiction Finalists

(First place) Yasmine Sajid, “Six and Sixty”

(Second place) Alayna Pruitt, “Defining Water”

(Third place) Ruohan Miao, “Hunger”

Hacer Akcan, “Pavement”

Jessica Li, “Motherland”

Emily Amin, “Snake Charmed”

Spacer Dalzell, “Everything Will Be Alright in the End”

Annie Zaher, “How Things Fell Apart”

Isabella Valdez, “Michael”

Marwah Shuaib, “Karachi”


Congratulations to our winners from previous years! Find some of the recent winners listed below.


2015 Young Authors Winners


1st. Ariana Zhao — Untitled
2nd. Sophya Giudici-Juarez – “The Land of the Forgotten”
3rd. Cypress Oliphant – “Lizard”


1st: Oriana Tang – “Lara”
2nd: Andriane TharpThe Valiant Hibernation of Cameron Milksop”
3rd: Jordyn McMillin “Dolly”


1st: Meilan Steimle “Differentiating Equations”
2nd: Siqi Liu “Reflect and Make Level”
3rd: Emma Kane “The Machine”

2014 Young Authors Winners


1st: “Mahlab” by Talin Tahajian
2nd: “Romances” by Steven Adams
3rd: “Wisdom” by Catherine Valdez


1st: “This is What I Know” by Michal Leibowitz
2nd: “
Premonition” by Christina Qiu
3rd: “
At the Hands of Jezebel” by Adriane Tharp


1st: “Moro Reflex” by Adriane Tharp
2nd: “Lychee” by Oriana Tang
3rd: “It All Comes Down to This” by Charlotte Lee